Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has heaped praise on attacker Albert Adomah and challenged him to double his league goal tally for the season.
The 29-year-old scored twice in the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at Villa Park on Saturday to take his Championship goal total for the season to 10.
Adomah is in fine scoring form at the moment, finding the net five times in his last three games and has 11 goals in all competitions this season.
Villa boss Bruce was full of praise for the striker and challenged him to double his tally in the remainder of the season.
“He’s had a wonderful return, as I’ve said now for the past few weeks,” said Bruce, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“He’s worked hard and he’s got his reward,” added the manager.
“Playing on the left he looks so comfortable coming in on his right foot and running across the line. He’s a threat and that’s 11 goals he’s got which is a wonderful return.
If he does so, Adomah will become the first Villa player to score 20 league goals in a single season since Peter Withe in the 1981 title-wining campaign.
Injured striker Jonathan Kodjia managed 19 Championship goals last campaign before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
Adomah, who is playing his eighth season at Championship level, now needs just two more goals to equal his best ever tally of 12 for Middlesbrough in 2013/14.
Villa are currently fourth in the Championship table and have won their last three league matches.
Bruce will be hoping the Ghanaian can score again when Villa face fellow play-off hopefuls Leeds United in league action at Elland Road on Friday night.
In other Aston Villa news, Bruce has given the latest update on midfielder Mile Jedinak’s injury.